Yet that was the target set by DWF back in 2012 when it continued a merger spree through a deal with Biggart Baillie. That deal followed a tie-up with Midlands insurance firm Buller Jeffries, Claimsbase and Fishburns in January last year and then the pre-pack acquisition of Cobbetts.
Still that all-important milestone remains just out of reach for the rapidly growing firm and the cost of those mergers – £17m in 2012/13 – is having an impact.
Chief executive Andrew Leaitherland is unfazed, however. Today he talks to The Lawyer about how the project’s integration is going, a task that hasn’t distracted him from the next big thing – a move into the iconic Walkie Talkie building in EC3.
“What pisses people off is laterals coming in on equity and then not delivering,” says Leaitherland.
We know what you’re thinking : ‘hear, hear’.
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